Thursday, June 21
7:30 - 9 pm
with Mako Voelkel
and Daigan Gaither Dining Room at 300 Page Street Honoring Sexuality While Maintaining Upright Awareness
What is it to be upright and awake in the midst of sexual energy? How do we not turn away from ourselves or our experience in the present? Using small group discussions, guided meditations, zazen, and open dialogue we will explore our vow in the context of responsible sexual choices. How can we learn to understand and relate to desire in healthy and respectful ways? Are we using our energies or are they using us? Join us as we explore what it means to practice while maintaining a healthy relationship to our sexuality. Class fee:
$20; $18 current SFZC members; $16 limited income. To Register:
Use the Register Online button above. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362. Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Unzan Mako Voelkel
Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, she has served in several senior staff positions, most recently as the Tassajara Director. In 2012 she and her partner Graham Ross took a year of travel in Asia and Europe before becoming co-Tantos at the Austin Zen Center, where they now live and practice.
Daigan Gaither began Buddhist practice in 1995 as a Vipassana practitioner, and began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 and Priest Ordination in 2011. His work and practice include many hours devoted to community service as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a volunteer caregiver with Zen Hospice Project .